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Board rejects Indianola cell tower

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The much-maligned cell tower proposed for Indianola Avenue was shot down by members of the city’s Board of Zoning Adjustment at its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 26.

The vote was unanimous.

“We were very glad that they back up Clintonville’s decision about the cellphone tower,” said Libby Wetherholt, the Clintonville Area Commission’s District 3 representative.

“I was pleasantly surprised,” said Jeff Frontz, a south Clintonville resident who had been vocal in his opposition to a tower so close to residential properties. “It reaffirms my belief in the process.”

Wetherholt said about 15 neighborhood residents showed up at the BZA hearing on the requested variances that would have permitted a 100-foot T-Mobile tower at 3005 Indianola Ave., site of a long-vacant home that is now zoned for commercial uses.

While it is officially in a commercial zone, “that commercial zone there is so narrow, that’s where the problem comes in,” Wetherholt said.

About seven residents voiced their dismay that such an installation would be proposed within 45 feet of private homes, according to the CAC member.

One of the requested variances was a reduction from the requirement that cell towers be located twice as far as they are tall from residential properties. In this instance, that would have been 200 feet.

The CAC voted unanimously to recommend rejection of the variances at its July 10 session.

Wetherholt said she was gratified the BZA followed that recommendation.

“They always have the ability to overrule what the commission does, so that was my only concern that they might,” she said. “I think they agreed with us that the applicant had not demonstrated the need.”

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